Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Alex Rodriguez's days as an everyday fielder are over and he hopes A-Rod will be New York's full-time designated hitter.
Chase Headley will be the Yankees' third baseman after agreeing to a $52 million, four-year deal.
Cashman said during a telephone interview Tuesday that "I can't expect Alex to be anything." He adds: "Even before the suspension, he wasn't the same player at third base on the defensive or offensive side."
Rodriguez is coming off a season-long suspension for violations of baseball's drug agreement and labor contract and is owed $61 million over the final three seasons of his contract.
"We look forward to him hopefully solidifying himself as a tremendous DH for us," Cashman said.
In other Yankees news, Chris Capuano is staying with the team, just like fellow free agents Headley and Chris Young. The 36-year-old lefthander agreed to a $5 million, one-year contract.
He started last season with Boston and had a 4.55 ERA in 28 relief appearances. He was released July 1 and signed with Colorado three days later but never made it to the majors with the Rockies. New York purchased his contract July 24, and he was 2-3 with a 4.25 ERA in 12 starts for the Yankees.
Capuano joins a rotation projected to have Masahiro Tanaka, CC Sabathia, Michael Pineda, and David Phelps or Adam Warren, with Ivan Nova returning from elbow surgery in May or June.
The Los Angeles Dodgers finalized a four-year contract with righthander Brandon McCarthy and designated reliever Brian Wilson for assignment.
McCarthy's deal was announced Tuesday, adding another veteran starter to the NL West champions' rotation.
In Miami, a South Florida businessman pleaded guilty to taking part in a conspiracy to smuggle Dodgers star Yasiel Puig out of Cuba in return for a sizable cut of the outfielder's multimillion-dollar salary.
Gilberto Suarez, 40, entered the plea Tuesday before U.S. District Judge Robert Scola, who set a March 6 sentencing date. The alien smuggling conspiracy charge carries a maximum of 10 years in prison, although Suarez is likely to get a more lenient sentence under his plea deal with prosecutors.
Morse to Marlins
The Miami Marlins' busy offseason continued as Mike Morse agreed to a $16 million, two-year contract with the Marlins, pending a physical, a person familiar with the negotiations said.
The Marlins expect Morse to replace Garrett Jones as their first baseman and to bat cleanup. Last season Morse hit .279 with 16 homers and 61 RBI in 131 games for the World Series champion San Francisco Giants. He batted .300 in the postseason and had four RBIs in the World Series.
A Royal deal
The Kansas City Royals finalized a $17 million, two-year deal with veteran slugger Kendrys Morales.
Morales gives the Royals a new designated hitter after Billy Butler agreed to a free agent deal with Oakland. Kansas City will hope last season was an aberration for Morales, 31, who hit .218 with eight homers and 42 RBIs in 98 games with the Minnesota Twins and Seattle Mariners. Two years ago, Morales hit .277 with 23 homers for Seattle.